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(Wicked Pixel) 2007.Horror/thriller. 117 minutes. Color and Black and White. Not Rated. There was a time when the small town of Eidolon Crossing was a popular tourist stop, thanks to Dogwood Park . That was before a series of child murders began, and their mangled bodies were found on the park’s property. Soon the attraction was shut down, and families moved away, turning Eidolon Crossing and “ Deadwood Park ” into a decaying skeleton of a once flourishing community. Jake Richardson (William Clifton) has returned to the town where his little brother was the last of 26 children to fall prey to the unknown killer. The ghosts of those little lost souls begin to speak to Jake, providing puzzles to a horrible mystery that destroyed Eidolon Crossing. 
   Deadwood Park is the first of Eric Stanze’s movies I’ve seen, and I’m already a fan. I was struck particularly by the use of the camera in telling this story. Shots of decaying roller coasters and ferris wheels capture a sad sense of foreboding. I was also impressed at how Stanze was able to provide scenes set in years from the 1940’s to the present, (including a remarkable WW2 battle sequence) on what must have been a very limited budget. The film is deliberately paced, and some may find it a bit long at nearly 2 hours. I was never bored though, and really got into the story from the very beginning. The film is by turns shocking, heartbreaking, and thought provoking. I highly recommend Deadwood Park . Eric Stanze is obviously one of the best indie directors working today. The DVD includes commentary by Eric Stanze, Outtake Reel and Music Video. The film is presented 16x9 Widescreen and in Dolby Stereo Sound.- Budd Layman.



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